RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Imagine Robert DeNiro sitting in your darkened parlour near the fire in his Louis Cyphre persona smoking a Tuscan cigar. This may be the beer with which to save (or lose) your soul. Dried fruit flavors entwined with smoky pepper and licorice embossed on roasty malt sweetness open on your tongue as the slow warmth of chilis creep up on your tongue and throat, finishing in an herbal smoke ring flourish.

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cubs (10651) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat roasty, delicious cocoa, mild espresso, light pepper aroma. Mild pepper, slightly spicy, milk chocolate, light smoke, roasty malty flavor. Very tasty and easy drinking though the pepper is pretty mild.

ChainGangGuy (4905) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled On: 09/22/11.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, light tan, spumy head. No more than a few pencil-prick dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Already, I get a little sniff of the peppers emanating up from the glass as I pour. Forward notes of chiles, with the roasty, chocolate-scented malts coming in second. Light trace of smokiness, too.

Taste: Sweet, malty beginnings of chocolate bar, caramel, sweetened coffee, and toast. Very slight smokey character preceding a smooth albeit spicy chile quality with, thankfully, no more heat that needed. The hops, at best, add a light spicy hint to aid the peppers, but, for the most part, stay out of the way of the ’guest’ flavoring agent. Faint dark fruitiness. Malty, drying, lightly chile-accented finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well-rounded, it’s note just a bland, no-thought beer with a gimmicky addition of chiles thrown in, but a fairly smooth, flavorful porter integrated with the heat-inducing peppers. Nice job.

rougeau13 (3130) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Black, with a moderate sized, light brown, spotty lacing head. Aroma of wood smoke, chipotle, vanilla and roasted malt. The taste is lightly smoked roasted malt with hints of vanilla and pepper. Medium-thin bodied, creamy smooth, and slightly dry.

blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
bottle, thanks to dixonian, black brown pour with a roast vanilla aroma, flavor of cashew butter, white pepper, coffee, creamy burnt finish

obguthr (6528) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Meaty charcoal nose. clear mahogany, thin yellow head. Robust, roasted malt. Smoke on the finish. Hints of raisin. Decent, more smoke than pepper. Better than last year’s FTB.

foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours very dark ruby brown with a small khaki head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, toffee, and smoke. Taste is more of the same with slight chili pepper notes on the finish and pleasant chili burn that hits the back of the throat. A bit thin and watery on the palate. A nice Porter with just enough chili flavor & heat to make it interesting.

hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2011
10/20/11 fade to black 3 @ paps. fairly black porter color with a small orange tinted light brown head. a ... cola?, lightly smoky, dark cocoa, earthy (peppers), a little wet/damp, dusty, dark raisins, black peppercorn, salame-like smoke. flavor has a weird fruity sweetness... earthy business from peppers but not spicy.... more like black peppercorns, dark choco, vinous fruit, spice tingles more as it sits but never becomes commanding. sweetness grows as well and kinda gets annoying by the end. smoky a.t. kinda light bodied considering the sweetness. 7/4/6/3/14

mar (5434) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Black pour, no real head. Light pepper, roasted malts, slight coffee. Smooth on the palate, flavor is lightly roasted malts, pepper shows in the finish.

DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Beer has a thick black color with tan lacing. The nose has both coffee and spicy Mexican chocolate notes. There is a slight sweetness on the palate with a spicy finish that continues on a long lingering path with just enough burn. Great beer for cooler weather.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, baby diapers, light coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, light pepper, and raisins.

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